November 19, 2012
In a New York Times article, Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson commented on laws around the country that require online information for sex offenders, including a new California law that allows the online activities of sex offenders to be monitored. That law is the focus of a recent lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which argues that the law violates the First Amendment by infringing on the right to anonymous speech on the Internet. “These laws are not supposed to be about punishment but about prevention,” Professor Robson said. “If we curtail someone’s First Amendment rights because we’re afraid something else will happen, there has to be a really close fit between how the state is curtailing somebody’s First Amendment rights and what they think is going to happen.”
Prof. Robson teaches in the areas of constitutional law, family law, feminist legal theory, and sexuality and the law. She is the author of many articles in such journals as New York Law School Journal of Human Rights, Albany Law Review, Women’s Rights Law Reporter, Hastings Law Journal, Australian Feminist Law Journal, and Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence.